BMX demos have been around since the beginning of BMX freestyle. Most of us remember the first show we ever saw. It's more than just watching guys do tricks on their bikes. It's a performance that many of us never forget.
It's no secret that BMX demos, also known as shows, are important to the growth of the sport. It's a chance for people to watch BMX in person while being able to experience the intricacies of not only the tricks, but the speed, height, and sometimes the reality of crashing.
It's also a chance for the casual or hardcore BMX fan to take a closer look at the bikes, ramps, safety gear used, and an opportunity to get an autograph and maybe ask a question to their favorite rider.
It's no secret, that many riders have gotten into BMX after watching a live demo!
However doing demos and making a living riding your bike in front of an audience isn't for everyone. It takes a lot of talent and you have to be smart about the tricks you do while riding in a show. In most cases if you get injured and can't ride at a high level, you'll be replaced.
Many young riders dream about someday performing in front of a live audience and getting paid for riding their bike. The reality is, a very lucky few actually make a living doing BMX demos and most of these riders will tell you, the easiest part of doing a BMX show, is the show itself. What makes it difficult is the planes, trains, and automobiles to get to and from the actual events, the challenging riding areas, changing flat tires after midnight, riding in less than perfect conditions, performing in 100 degree heat, eating at gas stations and fairs when nothing else is around, managing nagging injuries, and a whole lot more. Doing bmx shows is just as much mental as it is physical.
Who better to interview about BMX shows than the BMX Trickstars team! So we sat down with Rob Nolli, owner of the BMX Trickstars with over 25 years experience doing demos who's traveled to all 50 states, and Scott Weaver a veteran pro flatland rider with over 15 years experience.
We talked about the format for their shows, the types of tricks they do, advice to riders wanting to do shows on a team, and an overall behind the scenes look at what it takes to not only pull off a successful BMX show, but to get the gig the next time around.
So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get the down low on BMX shows, it's the BMX Trickstars, Rob Nolli and Scott Weaver.
Welcome to a special edition of Space Brothers, the BMX demo show!
To learn more about the BMX Trickstars visit: bmxtrickstars.com and/or follow them on Instagram: @bmxtrickstars To learn more about Chip Riggs visit: chipriggs.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @chipriggs To learn more about Kip Williamson visit: masterblasterplanet.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @kipbmx To learn more about the Space Brothers Podcast visit: spacebrotherspodcast.com